Tine Melzer connects philosophy of language with visual art. Her main motif is language. She understands language as a field of (artistic) practice. Please consult the recently published book Taxidermy for Language-Animals. Published by Rollo Press Zurich. Graphic design by Urs Lehni. Available at:
Buchhandlung im Volkshaus, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich, CH
Tine Melzer (PhD) graduated in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, before undertaking post-graduate research at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Amsterdam and receiving a PhD from the University of Plymouth, Planetary Collegium, UK. Tine Melzer’s transdisciplinary work on language has been exhibited and published internationally, for instance at Stedelijk Museum, NL; de Appel Art Centre, NL; M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, BE; Irish Museum of Modern Art, IE; Kumu Art Museum, EE; and Helmhaus Zürich, CH, amongst others.
Tine Melzer works as an artist and researcher and has lectured at academies and universities since 2004. She currently teaches at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB, Y institute) at the MA Contemporary Arts Practice. She worked as tutor, lecturer, member of jury, or for workshops and seminars at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Merz Akademie Stuttgart, MA Artistic Research Universiteit van Amsterdam, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Goldsmiths University London, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, ETH Zürich Architektur und Kunst, and University of the Arts Bern, amongst others.
as tutor at MA CAP Contemporary Arts Practice and as lecturer, Seminar Notationen, at the Department Art&Design at Bern University of the Arts / Hochschule der Künste Bern, CH
as guest lecturer at Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau Department of Design, MA Intermediales Design, Externe Expertise, invited by Prof.Katja Thoring
Tine Melzer uses language as material. The amazement and enchantment of language and its mechanisms between humans is the nucleus of her art work; it is situated on the edge of knowing and seeing, saying and showing, text and image. Made for language animals.
The work aims to host concepts on language in order to give language sensory tactility and spatial visual dimensions. The works visualise questions about our lives inside and through language structures. Related questions and the resulting art works are often simple and purified.
Melzer’s work is multidisciplinary: it employs means of installation, products of mass production, graphic print work, book art and writing. Taking the world literally and having language show itself is a key effort. Simple forms for exciting phenomena of ordinary language: our jokes, gossip, doubts, failures and aha-moments. Our vocabularies, codes and the games we play within language. Relevant issues are perception, memory and finiteness.
The language-games (Wittgenstein) we play offer methods for the working process. Often, its realisation is genuinely based on collaboration with experts from other fields and inspired by truly interdisciplinary exchange. In her teaching, she departs from each student’s individual artistic work, independent from given disciplines or predetermined visual formats. The comprehension between context, interpretation and meaning is central.
Tine Melzer’s work has been supported by Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, bouwkunst en vormgeving, Amsterdam and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam and was granted a research stipend by LAPS Amsterdam.